Principles for Year-Round Operations

AS-2481-00/FA - January 20-21, 2000


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University urge the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to adopt the following principles regarding year-round operations (YRO):

1. That the decision to recommend year-round operations on a campus shall be made jointly by the faculty and administration on that campus.

2. That prior to conversion to year-round operations, CSU shall obtain full funding from the legislature. (See the Feasibility Study on Year-Round Operations, California State University: A Report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, April 2000 [cf. pp. 16, 18: "Costs and Funding for YRO" and "Student Financial Aid."])

3. That funding to the individual campuses shall be sufficient to maintain high quality programs in every academic term (i.e., simply extending the academic calendar to 12 months) without altering adversely the ratio of tenured/tenure-track to temporary faculty.

4. Where academic calendars are extended to 12 months, CSU shall provide adequate resources for facilities, equipment, and instructional supplies (e.g., office space, computer support, library resources); support staff; and maintenance of facilities and equipment.

5. Faculty and administration working together shall determine the campus academic calendar.

6. Individual campuses through their normal curricular processes shall choose which programs and courses are appropriate for year-round scheduling.

7. The CSU and individual campuses shall investigate and develop creative means to encourage students (a) to enroll during the summer, and (b) to use facilities fully throughout the year.

8. Faculty shall not be required to teach year-round, i.e., for any consecutive 12-month period.

9. Salary and benefits for members of Unit 3 and for support staff shall increase proportionately or greater than proportionately if they work year-round.

10. Lecturers’ eligibility for health and other benefits shall be based on their total annualized teaching load; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU review systemwide policies and procedures that may be affected by these principles; and be it further

RESOLVED: That this resolution be distributed to campus senates, all faculty, all academic administrators, appropriate non-academic administrators, and the boards and members of the California Faculty Association, the California State Students Association, and the California State Employees Association.

RATIONALE: In light of the anticipated student demand for entry to the CSU, there has been much discussion throughout the state on the implementation of year-round operations for all of the CSU. While the Academic Senate CSU is not opposed to the concept of year-round operations, it is imperative that the principles of this resolution be adhered to and used to develop subsequent policy.

Some of these principles cannot be implemented without mutual agreement between the CSU and the collective bargaining agents. In addressing this advice to all parties, the Academic Senate CSU is fully aware of its rights under the 1985 statement on "Collegiality in the California State University."

The faculty of the CSU constitute the memory and conscience of the institution. It is not just our right but our responsibility to address all of the problems of the University and to propose solutions thereto.

APPROVED – May 4-5, 2000

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